Yesterday I took a break from creating to attend Warped Tour in Nashville, Tennessee. I won’t stop painting for much, but live music is one of the few things that can lure me away! It started out as a pretty rainy day, and even as the sky dried up, lots of mud lingered on. Nevertheless, bands and people were in great spirits and the shows continued as planned. One of the things that is great about Warped Tour, besides it being a full day of live performances (hello!), is that it brings out a lot of organizations which are about giving back and creating awareness of pressing issues. One such organization, The Canvas Foundation, really stood out to me. Along with promoting art and creativity, their mission is:
“helping to provide materials and funding to keep art alive in schools all over the country” – The Canvas Foundation
This is extremely important, considering that the vitality of art programs in many school districts has been threatened due to budget cuts. According to the website, www.dosomething.org, “students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.” It goes on to state that, “arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands” and “multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students…in school.” Personally, my love of art and my understanding of technique developed in high school, and I will always be thankful for the lessons I learned in that small square classroom where creativity flowed.
Follow this link to find out more about The Canvas Foundation and their initiatives! Meanwhile, here are few pictures of the fun day, the mud, the art, and all kinds of other good stuff that happened at Vans Warped Tour.